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18 December 2017

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Our Right of Passage Should be Safe Migration, Not Leaky Boats

Geneva — “I’m a migrant, but didn't have to risk my life on a leaky boat or pay traffickers. Safe migration cannot be limited to the global elite.”   Thus spoke United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in September 2017.

With a memorable turn of phrase, he captured what is perhaps one of the overriding challenges facing the world today. While we live at a time when a privileged elite considers global mobility virtually its birth-right, it is denied to countless others trapped in hopelessly bad economic or conflict circumstances.

But something else has changed to bring this self-evident reality into the grinding gears of global politics with often tragic consequences.

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IOM Launches MigApp on International Migrants Day

Geneva/Manila – The MigApp is IOM’s institutional tool that leverages current technology and the widespread use of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and user-friendly downloadable app which serves as a one-stop-shop platform where migrants can access current, reliable and practical information and IOM services.

MigApp responds to the need to help migrants make informed decisions throughout their migration process. Irregular and unsafe migration often is a result of lack of awareness about the risks involved in the process, ill-informed knowledge of visa, health risks, and travel regulations, limited or non-existent interaction with legitimate service providers, and the absence of a balanced and unified platform for reliable and updated migration information and services.

Access more information about the MigApp here.

Download the MigApp from GooglePlay or the AppStore today

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TOGETHER in New York A Global Festival of Personal Stories of People and Children on the Move

New York (IOM) — Unpacked showcases testimonies of refugees resettled in the US. These testimonies tell their struggles and triumphs using suitcases; a testament to their resilience and powerful journeys.

The exhibition also inspires viewers to redefine and expand the meaning of the word refugee.

On July 25th, 2006, in the middle of the night, Ahmed Badr’s house in Baghdad was bombed. He was 7 years old, the missile tore the house in half, going through three natural gas canisters which his family had emptied out two days before…

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The Global Migration Film Festival winner will be announced later today in Geneva. The winner will be presented with La Cosmopolita statuette (above).

Watch Live via the UN Migration Facebook page from 20:30 GMT.

More about the GMFF here | See photos of GMFF screenings around the world here


Germany and IOM, the UN Migration Agency have launched the first Global Migration Data Portal.
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Ngulinda: "It was difficult for me to forge my identity because I did not fit into society's boxes."
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Migration in the News

  • Bangkok Post and Kathmandu Post published op-eds by IOM’s Dana Graber Ladek and Paul Norton on today’s celebration of International Migrants Day.
  • Uganda’s Daily Monitor published an International Migrants Day op-ed by UNDP’s Rosa Malango in which she calls for commitment to a sustainable solution to the problem of modern day slavery.
  • Rudaw and Kathmandu Post reported about Erbil and Kathmandu’s celebration of IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival.
  • Xinhua spoke to some Nigerians who voluntarily returned home recently with the assistance from the Nigerian government and IOM, following exposure of harsh conditions in detention camps where African migrants are held in Libya.
  • Express Newsline reported that almost 100 migrants were rescued by the Libyan coastguard from the sea off the coast of Tripoli on 17 December.
  • Eurasia Review published an op-ed about Rohingya refugees and what the UN is doing to stop the genocide.
  • International Business Times reported that for many Rohingya refugee survivors, the experiences and memories will stay with them for life.
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that Rohingyas continue to cross over to Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state, with more than 2,000 having entered the country through different border points last week.
  • Sydney Morning Herald shared the story of a woman who saw her seven children and husband murdered during a wave of massacres in Myanmar.
  • The Daily Star reported that the number of Bangladeshis working abroad is increasing every year but their safe migration still remains a big challenge for the government, posing a threat to the country's top remittance-earning sector.
  • Asharq Al-Awsat reported that IOM announced that nearly half of the Iraqis, who were displaced by the battle against ISIS, have returned home.
  • Xinhua reported that Libya and Morocco signed an agreement to return 236 irregular Moroccan immigrants who were on a hunger strike in Libya.
  • DW reported that large numbers of migrants are coming to Europe, but the majority are on the move elsewhere.

Trending on the Internet

  • An-Nahar reported that a 2017 survey reveals that 58 per cent of Syrian households in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty (less than USD 2.87/person/day), unable to meet survival needs.
  • TRT World reported on how tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp are trying to deal with cold weather in their makeshift homes as winter approaches.


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